Palworld criticized for using “body types” instead of “gender”


Social media users have expressed dismay at yet another game’s character customization screen using “body types” as opposed to “gender/sex”, with the game in question being Palworld.

A Twitter user drew attention to Palworld’s character customization screen which allows the player to select the “body type” of their characters, instead of their “gender”:

Another Twitter user noted that the Japanese version of the game also uses “body types” instead of “gender”:

Countless western games (as well as even the Japanese versions of some) have been enforcing this elimination of gender by instead having the player pick a “body type” or something similarly nondescript.

This is being done to push the western world’s “ideology” that any individual can choose (or completely make up) their gender, and all for the sake of the developer boosting their “ESG score”.

The Twitter user continued to make a point to detractors disagreeing with them:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons removed the text for “female” and “male” in the English version of the game, Harvestella had a “non-binary” gender option, those behind Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis bragged about having no gender options, Elden Ring used body types instead of gender, and the Demons’s Souls remake ditched their gender options for body types instead.

Commenters mostly agreed with the original poster’s sentiments:

Palworld was just released on January 19th, for Windows PC (via Steam and the Microsoft Store), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. The game is also on Xbox Game Pass.



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